Facebook USB key: Could a 'key' help keep your account safe?

Posted at 8:53 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 22:53:12-05

You have keys to your house and your car, but should you be making room for one more?

Facebook recently announced it's now allowing people to literally use a key to log in to their accounts.

It's a variation of the two factor authentication security method. That's where a primary login prompts a secondary text message directly to your phone in order to allow you into an account.

In this case, you'd have to purchase a special USB key.

The process would start by registering a physical key with Facebook. The option to do that can be found in the security settings area of your profile.

The next time you login, you would type in your password as usual.

You'll be asked to insert the security key into the USB port, and tapping the button on the key would allow you in.

Sound extreme? Maybe. 

But Facebook says your login is "practically immune to phishing" if you use the technology.

Yubico, one of the companies that sell the keys, says they can also be used to protect other accounts like Gmail and Dropbox.

The keys range from $18 to $50.

Right now the keys can only be supported on desktops by Chrome and Opera operating systems. Facebook says it is working on a mobile app version.

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